Tomorrow will be the 5th anniversary of the Bush regime’s Shock and Awe blitzkrieg against Iraq. How dazzling the light and color explosions would have appeared on my TV screen if I had been able to disassociate myself from what was most certainly the experience of human beings on the ground.
Many of us knew at the time that the war was a travesty, that Iraq probably had no Weapons of Mass Destruction, was not an ally of bin Laden, had no role in 9/11, and was not a threat to the USA. I watched in horror. Not only did Saddam have no Weapons of Mass Destruction, he didn’t even have those other “WMD”s, Weapons of Minimal Defense.
Over this last weekend, I listened to the Winter Soldier II hearings in Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. I thought back to the Winter Soldier I hearings in 1971 with veterans of the Vietnam travesty. Will our country never learn?
But I heard something quite different today, in 2008. I heard a very different quality, a different tone. To read about this different tone, follow me across the leap in consciousness below the fold.